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The Plan to Better Protect US Hospitals From Ransomware (Maria)

The author writes, “The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (Arpa-H), a research support agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said today that it is launching an initiative to find and help fund the development of cybersecurity technologies that can specifically improve defenses for digital infrastructure in US health care. Dubbed the Digital Health Security project, also known as Digiheals, the effort will allow researchers and technologists to submit proposals beginning today through September 7 for cybersecurity tools geared specifically to health care systems, hospitals and clinics, and health-related devices.”

What the Heck Happened in Coffee County, Georgia? (Dana)

From Lawfare: “A detailed look back at the computer intrusion that features prominently in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s election interference indictment.”

Supreme Court Has an Originalist Roadmap to Disqualify Trump From the Presidency (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “‘[O]n the basis of the public record, former President Donald J. Trump is constitutionally disqualified from again being President (or holding any other covered office) because of his role in the attempted overthrow of the 2020 election and the events leading to the January 6 attack.’ Those words were written by two prominent conservative legal scholars in a comprehensive 126-page paper that will be published next year in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The article is an urgent call to action that provides a roadmap to disqualify Trump from running for or assuming the presidency again.”

New Report Details Dozens of Uses of Force at Northwest ICE Center (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “At least 30 men detained in the Northwest Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center in February were exposed to chemicals and told to ‘deal with it,’ after detention officers deployed chemical agents at detainees in a unit directly below them, described one of the men, Jemal Houston-Brown.”

The Toxic Aftermath of the Maui Fires Could Last for Years (Russ)

From The Washington Post: “Even as the fire retreats, danger remains for Maui residents as they return to the charred wreckage of their neighborhoods. The fire killed more than 100 people as it raged last week. Helping families recover and continuing to identify victims is the immediate priority. But the toxic soot left after an urban conflagration is its own disaster upon a disaster, one that can linger long after the flames themselves have died.”

Researchers Engineer Bacteria That Can Detect Tumor DNA (Mili)

The author writes, “Creating new technologically advanced sensors, scientists have engineered bacteria that detect the presence of tumor DNA in live organisms. Their innovation could pave the way to new biosensors capable of identifying various infections, cancers and other diseases.”

He Hid, Hoping Against Hope I’d Leave: How a Cockroach Changed My Mind About Killing Insects (Laura)

The author writes, “When people asked me where I drew the line, I wasn’t sure about insects — until a fateful encounter in my kitchen.”


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